As a portrait photographer, CineStill 400D is the best film stock for portraits and street lifestyles, particularly when pitted against the popular Portra 400.
Long ago, the 400 ISO color negative film game was overwhelmingly led by Portra 400 from Kodak. Lomography 400, Fuji Superia, and Ultramax were all present, yet the trend-setting photographers championed the 400-speed Portra series - until CineStill unveiled their 400D.
In the summer of 2022, CineStill announced and released a new color-negative film: CineStill 400 Dynamic, a fine-grain, daylight-balanced film stock with a 400 ISO box speed.
CineStill is also known for its 800T and 50D film stocks, which were motion picture film stock with the ramjet layer removed. According to their website, CineStill states 400D is an entirely new film formula that has never existed before. It is available in 35mm and 120 films and is C-41 processed.
The moment I heard about CineStill 400D, I was pumped. Reviews from my favorite photographers only confirmed what the first images revealed: this film had an unprecedented, captivating quality. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it — and finally, in October, I spotted it in NYC film labs.